TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling "Gene" A. Mamondiong, together with BJMP Chief J/Director Serafin Barreto Jr., distributed TESDA National Certificates and tool kits to the first batch of inmates and their family members who had finished their training and successfully completed their competency assessment on Wednesday, January 18, at the Makati City Jail.
The activity was part of the formal nationwide launch of TESDA's "Integration Through Skills Development Project for Inmates and Families". The same Project will also provide free skills and trainors training for the staff members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Apart from Mamondiong, others who attended the launch were TESDA Operation Deputy Director General Alvin Feliciano, Executive Director Susan dela Rama, Pasay-Makati District Director Angelina M. Carreon and Makati City Jail Warden Supt. Esmeralda Azucena, and other officials from both agencies.
A total of 140 inmates at the Makati City Jail have enlisted for the TESDA skills program of which 20 had already received their National Certificates (NC II) after passing their required skills assessment. Courses offered by TESDA for the Project’s implementation in Makati are Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Barista NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, and HEO-Forklift Operation for male inmates, while Cookery NC II, Beauty Care NC II, Hilot NC II and Hairdressing NC II are available for female inmates.
The Project is the result of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between TESDA and BJMP signed last December 6, 2016, and aims to provide interventions through skills development by training inmates for self or wage-employment to uplift their economic status and facilitate reintegration to their respective communities.
The PAMATEA was adjudged the best team during the bowling tournament held last November 25 at the SM MOA for the 2016 NATSA Sports League.
The team was headed by TESDA PASMAK Director Lenny Carreon. The players were the following:
Last October 24, 2016, the Local Chief Executives of the Makati City, headed by Mayor Abigail Binay-Campos, together with Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, and respective congresspersons of the 2 congressional districts of Makati, Cong. Monsour del Rosario of District 1 and Cong. Luis Campos of District 2, graced the graduation rites of more than 1,000 scholars and graduates of the Special Training for Employment Program or STEP at the Makati Coliseum in Makati City.
All the graduates were also given their tool kits and cheques for training allowance. Dir. Lenny Carreon of TESDA PASMAK assisted the guests in the distribution of the tool kits for the STEP graduates.
Lending their leadership to those assembled were Congresswoman of Pasay City Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Vice Mayor of Pasay City Noel Del Rosario, Congressman of the 1st Congressional District of Makati Monsour del Rosario and representatives from the DILG.The were 37 clusters of competencies under 14 NC II full qualifications in the different trade areas – construction, automotive, electronics, and personal care, that were included in the 2015-funded STEP for Makati. Thirteen private TVIs implemented the program – Carenet Healthcare Institute, CATFABS, Cosmos Training & Assessment Center, CPDC Training and Testing Corp., Datamex Institute of Computer Technology, EWPCI Training and Testing Center, First Gear Technical Institute and Assessment Center, Kirkland Skills Center Corp., Ship Hotel Cruise Institute of the Philippines, and Techno Dev’t Center of the Philippines.
The officers of PAMATEA, the only TVET association in the PASMAK district, headed by its President, Mr. Oscar Ibay of Datamex Institute of Computer Technology, also gave their full support to the big event. There were also Barangay Captains who attended the event. They were Brgy. Capt. Dennis Almario, Brgy Capt. Resty Cajes, Brgy Capt. Dario Fojas, Brgy Capt. Baby Olfato, Brgy Capt. Ariel Sarmiento, Brgy Capt. Maribel Vitales, and Brgy Capt. Lay Papa.